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Editorial: We must be prepared for next winter

A DAMNING report has criticised the Government's response to the floods and sub-zero weather crisis in November, December and January.

The State's response was "inadequate," lacked planning and was poorly managed, according to the all-party Oireachtas Environment Committee.

The report also raised serious concerns about the national emergency plan and the crucial question of who is in charge.

And crucially, the Committee believes the impact of the crisis could have been lessened with better planning and co-ordination.

It's not good enough for the Taoiseach to say he was "satisfied" with the response or for Environment Minister John Gormley to say lessons will be learned.

With just four months to go before the onset of a new winter, every effort must be made to better prepare for further extreme weather conditions.